First of all before I forget, I want to welcome all of my new followers! Thank you thank you thank you for joining me on this crazy journey of life with chronic illness. It means so much!
Hope you all are starting your week off alright. I got to start my Monday first thing with a “Fasting” appointment with my Primary Care Physician’s Physician Assistant this morning. I tell ya. The fun I have.
These “fasting” appointments always get me extra tense because well, who wants to go to a doctor appointment and not eat when they’re body is yelling for food? Aren’t we told to eat 3 healthy meals a day and to be sure to eat breakfast? Well, we can’t eat breakfast when we go to a morning “fasting” appointment now can we? These doctors want accurate blood test readings for cholesterol and blood sugars levels and such. Yeah, well, tell that to my body who decided to wake up this morning and be INCREDIBLY hungry! Isn’t that always the way?
Sure I’m pleased that my body was hungry because 2 years ago at this time I was trying to teach my body how to eat and ACCEPT food again after being so severely ill I had to start on a basic diet of chicken broth and then build to applesauce and go from there. BUT when I “fast” I can’t take my morning medications with an empty stomach so that waits too and my whole body gets screwed up. And it was 2 years ago in June when my body started going into a huge shock of what we all believe (NOW) was part of a major lupus flare (had no idea at the time) that all started with a basic “fasting” appointment for an appointment with who was my NEW doctor at the time so he could get BASE levels of bloodwork for me. Well, that “fasting” and then running to work and then running through the rest of the day was too much for my body to take and I became severely ill with vomiting, etc. So of course I still take that baggage of memories with me to my appointments now. I’m working on letting that go but it is VERY SLOW.
So anyway, back to the appointment this morning. Sorry for the tangent. I was able to see the original Physician Assistant who is now back in the office after being on her own Medical Leave of sorts that included Maternity Leave for what seemed like FOREVER, and it was really great to see her. How cool is that? It was felt really good to see a medical professional again. I really think she is THE ONLY MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL I currently see who DOES NOT make me NERVOUS. I put those words in caps because that is how nervous I still get around almost all medical peeps.
This woman is probably younger than me (hmm, seems to be happening A LOT lately and I’m not THAT OLD) and has been so caring, supportive, compassionate, has always listened to me, been calming, loving, has always paid attention to detail, is really smart and knowledgeable, has a great memory, and has ALWAYS made it a point to ask me so thoughtfully how I’m doing when she walks in the room and I know she means it. What I remember most along this very slow and at times VERY DARK 2 year journey with her is how she ends each appointment with me telling me how far I’ve come and really making sure I understand that and give myself credit. I can remember one appointment when she was telling me how happy she was that I was “feeling better” and even though I may have a long way to go to hopefully feel “good” one day, that I have come so very far and she was starting to cry. I was pretty much in disbelief. I almost wondered why she was crying and then I realized she was crying about me! She REALLY connects.
So the appointment today went really well. And wouldn’t you know my blood pressure was “normal”. CRAZY. It has not been normal lately ESPECIALLY when I have been to see my Rheumatologist for lupus and my Neurologist for MS. It has been quite high. I have known for quite a long time that I have “white coat syndrome” but this just proves it to me. I saw the one medical professional I feel the most comfortable with and my blood pressure was normal. I was nervous but not anxious around her. There is a direct connection. So now if she could be with me wherever I go that would be great. Do you think she’d go for that? To be my constant moral support everywhere?
To be honest, I’ve considered changing to a different Primary Care Physician than the one I’m seeing now (this lovely PA I speak of currently works in his office) because I don’t know that he’s a good fit for me anymore. He’s not a bad doctor at all. In fact, he has helped me immensely. There have just been some issues that I have with his medical care that I don’t necessarily like and it may be time for a change. However, after seeing this PA today I’m not so sure. I see her every other appointment and I have to see him all the other times. Is it worth it to stay with this office (really GREAT office staff!) and deal with the Doctor I don’t exactly like in order to see her half the time? Not really sure so I guess that means it’s not the right time to make that decision yet.
Only time with tell what decision I make. Luckily I don’t have to know that answer right now.
So just for today, I am satisfied with the appointment with a medical professional who really “gets it” who sent me on my way at the end of the appointment today with, “You’ve come a LONG way, Nahleen. I’m very proud of you for all the work you’ve done. You deserve to feel better. I hope you give yourself credit for that.”–and AGAIN, I know she means it. It’s not just part of her script.
Oh and by the way, it’s currently 6pm (Monday) and I’m doing okay. Nothing horrible has happened because I “fasted” this morning. Sure it messed up my body’s schedule, but thankfully my body can take it today.
…Guess I HAVE come a long way.